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Laurent Selles

Laurent SELLES is in charge of international relations for the Health Technology and Cosmetics Unit of the Directorate General Health and Consumers of the European Commission.

He graduated from the ‘Physics and Chemistry School of Paris’ (including research at Northeastern University, Boston, USA) and from the University of Paris VII with an Advanced Studies Degree in ‘Physics of Energy’.

After 12 years in the automotive industry in R&D activities, he joined the European Commission to launch the Polis/Telecities network of European cities.

In 1996 he contributed to the EU legislation relating to automotive construction on safety and environmental issues as a deputy head of unit. He then joined the Cosmetics and Medical Devices unit as a deputy head of unit all policy and international issues regarding public safety.

Laurent SELLES is in charge of the international cooperation with bilateral dialogues between the EU and its main trading partners and in multilateral frameworks (such as the International Medical Device Regulators' Forum IMDRF and the International Cooperation on Cosmetics' Regulation ICCR). In this respect, after ensuring the coordination with the health ministries of the Member States, he represents the European position at the IMDRF Management Committee and at the ICCR Steering Committee. He also chairs the IMDRF working group on Unique Device Identification (UDI) with the aim of permitting traceability on an international level.

The FDA Final Rule on UDIs for medical devices is expected to be published in early August. Recently, the EU Commission announced their intention to take an internationally harmonised approach and follow the FDA's decision over here in Europe. Pharma IQ caught up with Laurent Selles, Deputy Head of the Cosmetics and Medical Devices Unit at... Read more